3. Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina
South Carolina suffered their worst finish under Will Muschamp in 2019. They were 4-8 and did not qualify for a bowl game. Out of all the negative, the play of Mukuamu stood out as a bright spot.
Mukuamu finished the 2019 season with 59 tackles, nine pass deflections, four interceptions, and a defensive touchdown. Mukuamu gave his best performance during the Gamecocks’ biggest win of the season. South Carolina upset No.3 Georgia 20-17 in double overtime. Mukuamu came up with three interceptions with one returned for a score.
Mukuamu is an incredible cover corner. He stands at 6’4 which means he has great size and length to compete with the top receivers in the conference. In 2019, Mukuamu was credited with just 19 receptions allowed in 286 snaps against SEC opponents. Of those 19 catches, 13 of them went for nine or fewer yards.
There is no doubt that Mukuamu is a first round talent. If he stays healthy, the corner could emerge as one of the top players taken in the draft.